Winer­ies win in tourism awards

Black Barn takes out top award

Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY AN­DREW ASHTON

Have­lock North’s stand­ing in Hawke’s Bay tourism was bol­stered last week with big wins for Craggy Range Winery and Black Barn, with Black Barn tak­ing out the re­gion’s top tourism award.

Black Barn took home the Supreme Award at the an­nual Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards, af­ter also win­ning the Ac­com­mo­da­tion Award in the large cat­e­gory and the Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award.

Craggy Range won the Ac­com­mo­da­tion Award in the small cat­e­gory, Napier Maori Tours re­ceived the Cul­ture and Her­itage Award, and Prinsy’s Tours and Church Road Winery were win­ners in the Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence cat­e­gory.

“Also ac­knowl­edged were two other in­di­vid­u­als who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to our in­dus­try,” Hawke’s Bay Tourism gen­eral man­ager An­nie Dun­das said.

Katie Ni­mon of Ni­mon Lux­ury Pas­sen­ger Trans­port was recog­nised as Am­bas­sador for Tourism in Hawke’s Bay, while Juliet Har­butt of Hunter Gatherer Tours re­ceived the Ris­ing Star Award.

The 2018 win­ners were re­vealed at a cer­e­mony held at the Old Church, Meea­nee, in front of 190 tourism providers and in­dus­try mem­bers gath­ered to recog­nise the de­liv­ery of out­stand­ing vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences in Hawke’s Bay. Dun­das said the awards evening was a key event in the tourism in­dus­try cal­en­dar.

“We are so de­lighted to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the in­cred­i­ble in­dus­try we have in Hawke’s Bay.

“The lo­cal busi­nesses work in­cred­i­bly hard to de­liver amaz­ing and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors to our re­gion.

“The win­ners and fi­nal­ists all play a cru­cial role in our in­dus­try and re­gion, and are so de­serv­ing of their ac­co­lades.”

En­tries were open to Hawke’s Bay Tourism Part­ner pro­gramme mem­bers across all tourism sec­tors, and in­volved a rig­or­ous process with en­trants com­plet­ing a com­pre­hen­sive ques­tion­naire and pre­sent­ing their busi­ness plan.

En­tries were then judged by an in­de­pen­dent panel com­pris­ing Tom Belford from Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil, Jenny Robert­son — former EIT head of tourism, Jody Hamil­ton from Lyft En­ter­prises, and Hawke’s Bay Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Wal­ford.

“This re­gion has an abun­dance of amaz­ing tourism prod­uct that is fo­cused on en­sur­ing the best pos­si­ble cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence of Hawke’s Bay, which makes the judg­ing process very dif­fi­cult,” Wal­ford said. “At the end of the day those busi­nesses mak­ing it easy for vis­i­tors to be wowed be­fore they ar­rive, wowed while they are here and wowed when they re­turn home, are the lead­ing lights.”

PHOTO / DUN­CAN BROWN

Cel­lar door and events man­ager Fran­cis de Jager (left), co-owner Kim Thorp and ac­com­mo­da­tion man­ager of Black Barn Vine­yards and Black Barn Re­treats Liv McGre­gor, with an as­sort­ment of Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards.

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